Einstein Enrichment Program (EEP)

Who's Who at EEP

EEP/STEP is part of Einstein's Office of Diversity Enhancement

Nilda I. Soto, M.S. Ed
Assistant Dean, Office of Diversity Enhancement and Director, Einstein Enrichment Program
Location: Belfer Room 507
Phone: 718.430.3091 / Fax: 718.430.8825

A native of the Bronx, Ms. Soto has been a member of Einstein’s administration since 1990. In her role as assistant dean of diversity enhancement, Ms. Soto administers and supervises all minority student activities at the medical school, and is involved in the recruitment, admission, and retention of individuals underrepresented in medicine. She serves as director of both the Einstein Enrichment Program and the Minority Students Summer Research Opportunity Program. The former offers educational components to minority and economically disadvantaged high school students during the school year and summer, while the latter places minority undergraduate students in the laboratories of Einstein researchers for a eight-week period during the summer.

Ms. Soto served on the New York State Minority Health Council through March 2010. As a member of the Minority Health Council, Ms. Soto worked with other council members in considering matters relating to minority health. In addition to her membership on the Minority Health Council, she currently serves as Vice President of the Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives, as a member of the Board of Friends of the Double Discovery Center at Columbia University, and as Chair of the LeGrand Newman Scholarship Committee for the Northeast Region of the National Association of Medical Minority Educators, Inc. Ms. Soto received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Fordham University.


A. Julie Cruz, MA, MCDP
Manager, Office of Diversity Enhancement
- Einstein Enrichment Program
- Community Based Service Learning Program
Location: Belfer 407
Phone: 718.430.4166 / Fax: 718.430.8841

Ana Julia started at Einstein as Counselor in November of 2006, and became Coordinator of EEP in September 2007. After assuming responsibility for the development of Einstein’s Community Based Service Learning program in 2013 with Dr. Maria Marzan, Ana Julia became Manager of the Office of Diversity Enhancement.

She came to Einstein from New York University where she was Assistant Director of Marketing and Coordinator of the Center for Career, Education and Life Planning. Ms. Cruz is also a counselor in private practice and volunteer grief counselor with ACCESS (Air-Craft Casualty Emotional Support Services). In addition to individual counseling, Ms. Cruz has designed and facilitated many workshops and seminars related to career development for both adolescents and adults in transition, and most is currently developing a service learning curriculum for Einstein’s CBSL program.

She earned her Bachelor’s degree, Master’s in Applied Psychology and Certificate in Adult Career Development from New York University, and has received the designation of Master Career Development Professional from the National Career Development Association. Julie is a member of the American Counseling Association, American Psychological Association, Association for Death Education and Counseling, National Association for Advisers for the Health Professions, and the National Career Development Association where she serves as mentor for counselors. She presented a poster with Dr. Marzan on Medical Pathways at the AAMC GDI Conference in August of 2012. Julie has been accepted to the Harvard Macy's Program for June 2015.


Deborah Negron Cordero, MS
Counselor, Einstein Enrichment Program, Office of Diversity Enhancement
Location: Belfer 407
Phone: 718.430.4166 / Fax: 718.430.8841

A Bronx native, Deborah Negron Cordero assumed the Counselor position at the Einstein Enrichment Program in April of 2010. Deborah has been in the field of providing case management and counseling services for 15 years. Deborah received her Bachelor’s Degree in the field of Human Services from the Metropolitan College of New York in 2001, and went on to obtain a Master of Science Degree in the field of Counseling in 2006 from Mercy College. Deborah is a licensed school counselor in both the states of New York and Florida and is a member of American School Counselor Association, and the College Access Consortium of New York.


Medina Byars
Program Assistant-Einstein Enrichment Program, Community Based Service Learning, Office of Diversity Enhancement
Location: Belfer 407
Phone: 718.430.4166 / Fax: 718.430.8841

Medina Byars has been with Einstein College of Medicine for over 26 years. She began working at the Van Etten Drug Treatment Program in 1981 doing billing, switchboard, and general clerical and reception duties. Medina continued her work at Einstein at Public Affairs formerly known as Public Information/Relations. By 1987 she moved to research, assuming the role of secretary for the Developmental & Molecular Biology formally known as Development Biology and Cancer Department. By 1989 Medina started to job share with another secretary in the Office of Minority Student Affairs – currently The Office of Diversity Enhancement. In 1991 Medina became the Administrative Assistant for the Einstein Enrichment Program and the next 17 years are history.

In addition to Medina’s Einstein career, she became an Emergency Medical Technician and Certified Natural Health Professional. Medina graduated from the school of Integrative Medicine in 1993, earning Board Certification in Holistic Health Counseling. In 1994 she went to Everglades University in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Alternative Medicine. Since 1988 Medina Byars has owned Visions of Health, a consulting service that provides a holistic approach to wellness.


Who's Who at the Office of Diversity Enhancement

For over 25 years, the Office of Diversity Enhancement (formerly called the Office of Minority Student Affairs) has played a major role in serving the needs of minority students enrolled in the medical school. Under the leadership of Milton Gumbs, MD, Associate Dean; Nilda I. Soto, MS Ed, Assistant Dean; and Yvette Calderon, MD, Assistant Dean the office tracks the performance of minority students and provides a haven of support and advisement for them as they adjust to the medical school environment and progress through the curriculum. In addition, for many years, the Office has provided after-school and summer programs for minority high school students and summer research fellowship programs for undergraduate college students. This investment in our community is designed to attract students to a career in medicine early in the course of their education.


Martha S. Grayson , MD
Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education
Phone: 718.430.3371

Martha Grayson, class of 1979, returned to Einstein to assume the role of senior associate dean for medical education. Dr. Grayson, an alumna of Einstein, is known for developing innovative and rigorous medical educational programs and evaluation processes. She couldn’t have arrived at a more challenging time, as she takes overall responsibility for shaping and assuring the quality of the Einstein medical curriculum. Known for her leadership in developing innovative and rigorous medical education programs and evaluation processes at New York Medical College, Dr. Grayson will work with other leaders in our Office of Education, and with our dedicated faculty, both on Einstein’s Jack and Pearl Resnick campus and at our several hospital affiliates, to ensure that the next generation of Einstein physicians have the skills they need to succeed within an increasingly complex health care environment.


Maria Marzan, EdD, MPH
Director, Community Based Service Learning (CBSL)

Location: Belfer, Room 507
Phone: 718.430.3419

Dr. Maria Marzan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Social Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Director of Community Based Service Learning (CBSL) housed in the Office of Diversity Enhancement. The CBSL Program oversees Einstein’s Community Action Network (CAN), a collaboration of Einstein medical students, faculty and communities in the Bronx. Einstein CAN student groups promote services and provide advocacy for vulnerable populations in the Bronx. The program offers support for students who want to make a difference in the community by serving as a clearinghouse for information and opportunities, providing guidance, assistance with logistical issues and seminars to develop leadership and other skills necessary for community engagement.

After earning a Bachelor of Science Degree at Hunter College, Dr. Marzan completed a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Maternal and Child Care and a Doctorate in Health and Behavioral Sciences from Columbia University in New York City. With more than 25 years of experience in the field of community/public health, and medical education, she has worked enthusiastically as an administrator, educator, and patient advocate. Dr. Marzan began her career in community health as an administrator in clinical and educational programs for women and children in various community clinics in Spanish Harlem. She received awards under Mayors Dinkins' and Giuliani's administration from Race for the Cure for outstanding and innovative women’s health educational programs for under-served women. She subsequently joined Einstein’s faculty as co-director of the Introduction to Clinical Medicine Program, developing and expanding the curriculum in public health, the Medical Spanish Program and cultural competency. Dr. Marzan is the recipient of the distinguished Leo M. Davidoff Society Award for outstanding achievement in the teaching of medical students (May 2006) and The Einstein Community Health Outreach (ECHO) Clinic Award for outstanding service March 2009).

Dr. Marzan is a core faculty member of the Hispanic Center of Excellence, and a founding member of the Northeast Consortium on Cross-Cultural Medical Education and Practice Committee. She is a faculty adviser for the Office of Diversity Enhancement and the third year family medicine community projects. In addition, she mentors students interested in degrees in public health, community service, the ECHO clinic and other community health-related activities.


Maddy Ebanks, BS
Secretary, Office of Diversity Enhancement
Location: Belfer Room 507
Phone: 718.430.3091
E-mail: madeline.ebanks@einstein.yu.edu 

A native of Nueva Gerona, Cuba, Maddy’s family immigrated to the United States. A product of New York City’s public school system, she learned to speak English thanks to Bilingual Education classes which also allowed her to remain with her cohort. Maddy received a Bachelor of Science degree from Lehman College where she majored in Health Care Administration with a minor in Elementary Education. She graduated Cum Laude and was on the Dean’s List.

She served the East Harlem community as a public education advocate. In this capacity she helped raise awareness of the needs of the public school community, and collaborated with other elected officials, parents, pedagogical staff, and community members to procure resources needed to support the instructional practices of their respective district.

Maddy has over twenty years of experience in the health care administration field. She is familiar with the accreditation standards governing graduate medical education and the accreditation and privileging standards governing health care organization operations and professional affairs.

Maddy values the empowerment of self and others through information which is in sync with our department’s vision and mission. She is often heard saying, "an informed person is an army of one."

Maddy is a licensed New York State Notary.

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